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CoursesOnline welcomes accounting course boom

There were almost 9,000 accounting professionals enrolled in at least one course in 2020, while statistics show 5,500 accountants are studying online so far this year

Internal sales data from the online training course platform, CoursesOnline, has found that over the past several years, there has been a marked increase in the number of finance professionals “looking to improve their skills via digital accounting courses”.

According to the data, there were almost 9,000 accounting professionals enrolled in at least one course in 2020, with only 6,000 learners opting to study online courses in 2021. Researchers speculate that this dropoff in online students was “caused by the impact of the coronavirus and lockdown restrictions that came with it”, suspending all in-person teaching. 

Online learning experienced massive growth in popularity as shown by statistics gathered so far for 2022. Data shows that the number of accountants studying online is so far at 5,500 learners. Despite only being halfway through the year, the number of online learners is expected to increase and outperform the previous peak in 2020. 

Of particular interest as well is that since 2020, the proportion of female learners studying online has increased. For 2020, the gender divide was 69% male and 31% female, followed in 2021 with a ratio of 67% male and 33% female. So far in 2022 however there has been a sizable shift to 60% male and 40% female, highlighting a move towards gender balance in what has traditionally been a male-dominated sector.

The ages of learners have also changed, with data showing that the 18-25 age bracket has grown from making up just 11% of learners in 2020 to 41% of learners this year. 

Lauren Wakeling, CoursesOnline’s UK manager, said: “The growth of the 18-25 age bracket highlights how new and innovative learning methods are key for getting younger learners in particular engaged with their career development. 

“Traditional learning just doesn’t have the flexibility when compared to digital methods, which are much better suited to fitting around the busy personal and professional lives of today’s workforce.”

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